This is a sample of an 8-day religious and pilgrim tour to visit cathedrals, monasteries and sacred places of Portugal, Spain and France.
Included in tour:
- 7 nights in a ****star and excellent and central hotels in Lisbon, Coimbra, Santiago de Compostella, Burgos, Lourdes and Barcelona
- tour leader with a group at all times
- all airport transfers
- all transportation between the cities
- visits to Churces and Cathedrals, Masses
- city tours with local and professional guides
- 24h assistance
This package consists of an 8-day trip for pilgrims or any group that would like to see the sacred places, cathedrals and memorials of Catholicism in Spain, Portugal and Southern France. During the trip you will visit:
- Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon
- The town of Fatima - the center of the Christian pilgrimage in Portugal
- Santiago de Compostella - the destination of the famous ''Camino de Santiago'' or the way of St. James which is the third largest Cathedral of Burgos
- The museum of Ignatius Loyola in Gipuzkoa
- Lourdes – the main pilgrim's center in France, and
- Montserrat Monastery with its famous Black Madonna.
The tour starts in Lisbon and ends in Barcelona.
Minimum 20 people.
Day 1. Lisbon
Morning arrival. Meet'n'Greet at the airport by our representative.
Enjoy a 6-hour tour around the city to visit the beautiful places in Lisbon, including its pearl: Jeronimos Monastery. This is a former monastery of the Order of Saint Jerome near the Tagus river in the parish of Belém, Lisbon Municipality, Portugal. The monastery is one of the most prominent examples of the Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline style of architecture in Lisbon. It was classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the nearby Tower of Belém, in 1983. Tickets and tour are included.
After the tour, check in to the hotel. Enjoy a free evening.
Day 2. Lisbon - Fatima - Coimbra
Breakfast in the hotel. Travel to Fatima, the main pilgrimage hub of Portugal. Fatima is well known for its Marian apparitions that occurred in Cova da Iria in 1917, and which were later recognized by the Catholic Church who marked these events as "worthy of belief". A small chapel was built here in honor of Our Lady of Fátima, in the beginning of 1918, and her statue was installed. The chapel and statue have since been enclosed within a large shrine and basilicas.
We continue onward to Coimbra, one of the main cultural centers in Portugal. This reputation grew, in part, by the establishment of the University of Coimbra in 1290. The university is the oldest academic institution in the Portuguese-speaking world. Apart from attracting students all over the globe, the university is visited by tourists for its monuments and history. The historical buildings were classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2013.
Engage in our city tour and check in to your hotel.
Day 3. Coimbra - Santiago de Compostella
Breakfast in the hotel.
Travel to the famous pilgrim's center: Santiago de Compostella and enjoy the city tour. You will have the opportunity to see the glorious Cathedral, a World Heritage site. The cathedral is the reputed burial-place of Saint James the Great - one of the apostles of Jesus Christ. Historically, the cathedral has been a place of pilgrimage on the Way of St. James since the early Middle Ages. The building is a Romanesque structure with Gothic and Baroque additions added later. You will walk through the Portico de la Gloria, the ‘Door of Glory’ which is a triple-columned entrance to the Cathedral. Sculpted in the 12th century by Master Mateo, it is considered to be one of the finest treasures of the Cathedral.
We continue with a tour around the historical center to see the Plaza de Cervantes, Plaza de Obradoiro and other famous streets and sights of Santiago de Compostella.
Check in and a free evening.
Day 4. Santiago de Compostella - Leon - Burgos
We head to Leon, another city located on the way of ''Camino de Santiago'', which is also ranked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some of the city's most prominent historical buildings include:
- The the finest example of French-style classic Gothic architecture in SpainCathedral -
- The one of the most important Romanesque churches in Spain and the resting place of Leon's medieval monarchsBasilica of San Isidoro -
- The Monastery of San Marcos - a prime example of plateresque and Renaissance Spanish architecture, and
- The Casa Botines - a Modernist creation of the architect, Antoni Gaudí.
After the tour we continue to Burgos.
Arrival and check in to the hotel.
Day 5. Burgos - San Sebastian - Lourdes
Enjoy a tour around Burgos, with its historic landmarks:
- The - declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984, - Cathedral of Burgos
- The seat of the Metropolitan Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Burgos
- The Las Huelgas Reales Monastery, and
- The Miraflores Charterhouse.
A large number of churches, palaces and buildings from the medieval age remain intact for exploration.
We later continue towards Guipuzkoa, to visit the Santuario de Loyola. This is named after Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit religious order,’'the Society of Jesus''.
Enjoy some free time before we continue on to Lourdes, Southern France. Lourdes is the main pilgrim center in France.
Arrival and check in to the hotel.
Day 6. Lourdes - Barcelona
According to believers, the Virgin Mary appeared to Marie-Bernadette Soubirous a total of eighteen times at Lourdes. The city has become a major stop for those on a Roman Catholic pilgrimage and in search of miraculous healings. After Mary appeared to peasant girl Bernadette Soubirous, Lourdes became one of the world’s most frequently visited pilgrimage sites, boasting an average 6 million visitors per year.
We will visit and tour the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Enjoy your free time, keeping in mind we continue our tour late afternoon.
We cross the Pyrenees and reach the city of Barcelona, Spain in the evening.
Arrival and check in to the hotel.
Day 7. Barcelona - Montserrat - Barcelona
Breakfast at the hotel.
Embark on a 5-hour tour to the Monserrat mountains to visit the Monastery and see the Catalunyan Saint – the Black Madonna. Benedictian Monastery - Santa Maria de Montserrat is a Benedictine abbey, located on the mountain of Montserrat, at a height of 1236 meters. The monastery was founded in the 10th century and still functions to this day, housing over 150 monks. The Escolania, or Montserrat’s Boys’ Choir, is one of the oldest in Europe, and performs during religious ceremonies and communal prayers in the basilica. The Black Madonna, Virgin of Montserrat, is a statue of the Madonna and Child venerated at the Santa Maria de Montserrat monastery. She is the Patron Saint of Catalonia, an honor she shares with Saint George (Sant Jordi in Catalan). La Moreneta (the ''little dark-skinned one'' or the''little dark one'') is another given name due to the dark colouring in the facial region. It is a common belief that if you touch her hand, your wish will be granted. There is usually a small queue to touch this famous statue's hand, but it’s an experience one should not miss! There is a small market near the Monserrat Abbey where you can purchase local goodies, such as liquors, cheeses, and honey produced by the monks that live there.
After returning to the city, experience a highlight tour with a visit to the monumental Gothic Cathedral and seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona. This was constructed during the 13th to 15th century, and and is now considered the main Cathedral of Barcelona.
Day 8. Barcelona
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport.
End of Tour.